The research and program improvement activities in this project are based on a theoretical framework developed from the higher education literature. The four conditions that are necessary for optimal doctoral completion are proposed below.
Four Conditions Necessary for Optimal Doctoral Completion
- The right people apply for doctoral study.
Applicants must be realistic about the demands of doctoral study.
- The right applicants are admitted as doctoral students.
Admissions committees must properly screen applicants and, upon enrollment, orient them to the program.
- Students and faculty form productive working relationships.
Faculty members and students must interact in a mutually respectful and task oriented manner.
- Students experience social support from fellow students.
Students must recognize themselves as members of a community of learners facing common challenges and opportunities.